Togolese painter, sculptor, engraver, stained glass designer, potter and textile designer. Beginning in 1946, he received his secondary education in Dakar, where he also worked in an architecture firm. He travelled to France and received his diplôme supérieur from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. A versatile artist, Ahyi is best known for his murals and for monumental stone, marble and cement public sculptures. His work reflects the fusion of his Togolese roots, European training and an international outlook, and he counts among his influences Moore, Braque, Modigliani, Tamayo, Siqueiros and Tall. His work combines ancient and modern themes and materials, maternity being a prominent topic. The messages of his larger, public pieces operate on a broad level to appeal to the general populace, while smaller works often reflect his private engagement with challenges confronting the human condition. His compositions are both abstract and figurative and evoke the heroism and hope of the two world wars, Togo's colonial period and the struggle for independence from France, as well as the political efforts of the peoples of Vietnam, South Africa and Palestine. Ahyi has won numerous international prizes, including the prize of the city of Lyon (...
Christine Mullen Kreamer
French, 20th century, male.
Born 27 January 1922, in Aix-en-Provence; died October 1995.
Sculptor, ceramicist. Architectural integration, monuments.
Jean Amado studied drawing and painting from 1940-1941. He then joined the Resistance against the German occupation until 1944 - first in Aix, then in the department of Drôme. In ...
Hungarian, 20th century, male.
Active in Belgium.
Born in Budapest.
Sculptor, ceramicist. Architectural integration.
Ildiko Balas studied at the academies in Budapest and in Brussels.
German, 20th century, male.
Born 1900, in Neuss.
Barthelmess was a student at the Bauhaus from 1920 to 1923 and he subsequently ran a pottery studio there. From 1927 he worked as an architectural ceramicist and potter in Düsseldorf where he taught at the Academy from ...
He attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, from 1911, until he joined the army in 1915. After World War I he devoted himself primarily to painting. In 1922 he met Juan Gris with whose encouragement his early Matisse-influenced rhythmical compositions acquired greater stability. In the late 1920s he was promoted by Tériade as a successor to the Cubists, with such works as ...
Italian engraver, designer, painter and architect, active in Aquila. He worked as a designer of maiolica for Carlantonio Grue, and published sets of engraved ornaments.H. Coutts: ‘Francesco Bedeschini Designer of Maiolica’ Apollo, 6 (1987), pp. 401–3
German, 19th – 20th century, male.
Born 14 April 1868, in Hamburg; died 27 February 1940, in Berlin.
Painter, draughtsman, engraver, architect, designer, decorative artist, graphic designer. Posters, furniture, wallpaper, carpets, glassware, ceramics, table services, jewellery, silverwork, objets d'art, typefaces.
Jugendstil, functional school.
Die Sieben (Group of Seven), Deutscher Werkbund...
Belgian, 20th century, male.
Born 1928, in Bruges.
Beirens was a student at the school of St Luke in Shaerbeek. He practises direct carving and works with metal and terracotta. He was a professor at the provincial institute of architecture and applied arts in Hasselt....
Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.
Active in Germany.
Born 31 December 1849, in St Gall; died 1921, in Planegg.
Architect, painter, decorative designer, theorist. Designs (furniture/fabrics/metal objects/ceramics).
From 1868 to 1871 Hans Eduard von Berlepsch-Valendas was a student of architecture with Gottfried Sempers in Zurich. After graduating he abandoned architecture while he was living in Frankfurt, to go and train as a painter in Munich (...
French, 20th century, male.
Born 4 January 1914, in Paris.
Painter, fresco artist, potter.
Maurice Claude Bertrand showed work at the Salons d'Automne, the Réalités Nouvelles and the Artistes Décorateurs. He worked with architects, incorporating his painted ceramic panels into their buildings. His mural decorative work tended to abstract geometric form, reminiscent of the orphic movement inspired by the Delaunays....